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6:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Illinois shifts attention to health care provisions

Governor Pat Quinn says the Supreme Court ruling on health care means Illinois can move forward with implementation of key provisions under the federal law. The governor says Illinois will go along with the expansion of Medicaid. Quinn also says lawmakers need to resume work on setting up an insurance exchange.

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Arts
1:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Rock author: AC/DC better with Bon Scott

Cover for Joe Bonomo's book.

AC/DC was better with Bon Scott? For many AC/DC fans, those are fightin' words.

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Government
6:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gov. Quinn praises high court ruling on Affordable Care Act

Governor Pat Quinn
WNIJ

 

Governor Pat Quinn hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health care law, calling it “a great day for Illinois and a great day for our country.”

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Government
3:27 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Medical community finds good and bad in ruling

Medical providers are still processing today's long U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law.  They see positives and negatives in the coming expansion of health care. Doctors and hospitals agree getting health coverage for more people is a good thing.

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Government
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NIU health care economist discusses Supreme Court ruling

Dr. James Ciesla, Ph. D.
www.niu.edu

Northern Illinois University health care economist James Ciesla says it's unclear yet just how many Illinoisans will benefit from the law being allowed to stand.

Ciesla said the Illinois Hospital Association estimates between 1.3 and 1.7 million people are uninsured, “so this ruling most directly affects those people.”

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Education
7:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks begin soon on cutting Illinois' regional offices of education

Illinois' association of regional school superintendents will meet next month. Part of the discussion will include how to move forward on eliminating nine regional offices of education.

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Government
7:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Heat forces changes in park activities

Early closures and complete cancellations are among the changes implemented by the Rockford Park District due to the anticipated heat today and tomorrow. They include playground activities, a reduced golf tournament, and athletic programs for youth.

The park district is instituting mandatory cooling breaks every 15 to 20 minutes for anyone – including staff -- involved in any outdoor programs or activities. Camp and playground programs have planned more water activities, and are taking frequent rest breaks.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Illinois reaches temporary deal with state's largest union

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers.  But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.

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-Illinois
2:17 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Internet virus used to raid Dixon fire pension funds

An Internet virus was used to steal more than $30,000 from a fund that pays Dixon Rural Fire Protection District pensions, Dixon police told saukvalley.com, and they have traced the virus to a person in Massachusetts,

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Rockford Schools vote to cut $9.3 million in property taxes

The Rockford School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night — without discussion or debate — to lower the property tax rate by 58 cents for next year’s tax bills.

The owner of a $100,000 house could see a 10 percent reduction in his or her property tax bill, at a cost of roughly $9.3 million to the Rockford School District in fiscal 2013.

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